I was initially drawn to the pomegranate’s history due to its profound spiritual context. Once I began recreating them, I was inspired by its diverse warm shades, colors and textures. For many civilizations and cultures, such as Hebrews, Israelites, and Christians the pomegranate represented an abundance of prosperity. In the Torah it’s depicted as a symbol of fertility and love; King David was inspired by the crown of the pomegranate to design is own crown; and in the Legal Principles and Affirmations (Mitzvoth) the number 613 coincide with the 613 seeds in a pomegranate. Furthermore, in Mediterranean royal culture pomegranates were painted on the walls of their palaces as they were considered to be a sign of life after death, some were even buried with the fruit. In Christianity, the pomegranate is rooted in the bible; was used to make wine during biblical times; and currently is symbolic of eternal life and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. I continue to be fascinated and motivated by the history, symbolic nature, and natural beauty of the pomegranate and challenge myself of capture is essence in my creations.
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